The V2 was to bring terror to London towards the end of World War Two. The V2 was the first of the true rockets - part of Hitler's revenge (Vergeltungswaffen) weapons - the secret weapons he had promised his generals would win the war. Whereas the V1 could be seen and attacked, the V2 was effectively invisible after it had been fired.
Captain Harry Rees joined the Special Operations Executive in 1942. Known as 'Henri', Harry Rees operated in southern France. Rees was parachuted in southern France in April 1943 with the specific task of building up the resistance movement in the Jura region of France. Rees was involved in the blowing up of the Peugeot works in France - having been given the permission to do this by Rudolphe Peugeot during a personnel interview.
The Cavalier Parliament introduced the Corporation Act of 1661. The Corporation Act was designed to strengthen the power of Charles II and was part of the Restoration Settlement. The Act was designed to remove from town office anyone suspected of disloyalty. In the years leading to the Civil War and in the years of the Interregnum, many Royalists had been removed from office and replaced by those loyal to Parliament.
While pilots from abroad fought with distinction in the Battle of Britain, the majority of pilots were from Great Britain. No official record of Battle of Britain pilots survived World War Two - only those who had died, and it is their names that are on a memorial in Westminster Abbey, which was unveiled in 1947.
Anne of Cleves was Henry VIII's fourth wife. Anne was from the small north German state of Cleves. Her brother, William, ruled Cleves but realised that his sister's marriage to the king of England would greatly enhance his status. After the divorce of Catherine, the execution of Anne and the early death of Jane, few noble women in England were willing to marry Henry.
Lord Kitchener Alexander Samsonov Sir Henry Rawlinson General Douglas Haig Erich von Falkenhayn Marshal Philippe Pétain Marshal Joseph Joffre Marshal Ferdinand Foch Robert Nivelle Field Marshal Herbert Plumer General Hubert Gough Plumer versus Gough Field Marshall von Hindenburg General John Pershing Erich Ludendorff Military Commanders of World War One